C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 17, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 17, 1924. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the anniversary of this father's death; and skating on the Seminary rink.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941); Lutheran confessional theology: a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943); and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in July 2013.
Date of Original
Feb. 17, 1924
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 17 February 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc14
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.}, Feb’y 17, 1924.

Dear Mother:

On this fatal date I find myself writing to you again and I desire to bearing to you the assurance of my sympathy and my love. Thirty-three years of your widow-hood have passed, and I know that every year as the anniversary rolls around you are sorrowful as it reminds you of your loss. But the Lord has been good in sparing the whole remainder of your family throughout all these years and in preserving you in health and strength to enjoy your children and to be enjoyed by them. I am glad too that you have a pastor now whose ministrations you find spiritually helpful. To live for the Lord and for those who love you and whom you love is the greatest blessing of life. It doesn’t require a great abundance of possessions to make one happy. It is still true, as it always was, that “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” The past week has been rather uneventful with us and I haven’t much to write. It was very cold for a few days and from time to time we get a little more snow, but to-day was comparatively mild. I went to Church this morning and heard Rev. Reble, who is a member of the Board of Governors of the Seminary, preach a sermon on the needs of the institution preparatory to making a canvas of the congregation in the Seminary’s interest. Envelopes for this purpose and pledge cards were distributed to-day. I subscribed $2.00, payable in two

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installments between this and Easter. I know the amount is absurdly small, but I haven’t paid Carolus’ tuition yet, and I take it, that it is accepted according to that a man hath and not according to that he hath not. If the contributions did not have to be in before Easter I could have done better. But I know that between now and that time I will have my hands full and will not have any money to spare. I am trying to economize wherever possible and we have cut out coffee though we are very fond of it, in order to save $3 a month. It’s a sort of living from hand to mouth, but the Israelites managed to live that way for forty years without suffering and so far I can’t say that I have experienced any serious discomfort. It is rather interesting to see how one gets through with it. I find my work pleasant and see no reason to complain. Besides there are so many people in the work to-day so much worse off that in comparison I feel quite comfortable and rich.

I am enclosing in this letter the poem Principal Willison read last week at our informal opening. I don’t know whether you will care to read it or not. I am sure I would never wade through it, but you will see what we had to sit and listen to for a matter of half an hour or so when we were all longing with watering lips for the refreshments. Prof. Willison prides himself on his poetry and he has some poetic gifts. Sometimes he writes pretty fair verse and sometimes it is pretty puuk. He and Mrs. Willison are entertaining the two Faculties on Friday evening of this week. I suppose it will be as it was, last year a sort of progressive – crokinole affair. I don’t care for these wasted evenings during the term. My work keeps me pretty busy and when I have any spare time I like to put it to profitable study, but I suppose “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. I spent the last week in reading some

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heavy philosophy and am now busy with the History of Preaching. I generally manage to read from one to two books a week, which I think isn’t bad considering the study required for my Seminary work. This afternoon the boys and I were out on the Seminary rink. The weather and the ice were ideal. I skated for about an hour and a half and didn’t feel tired over it, from which circumstance I am beginning to think that I am renewing my youth. Dr. Hett, a man of about my age over in Kitchener, who used to go swimming in the park last summer, was very much surprised when I told him that I went skating whenever I got an opportunity. He thought it was wonderful and said he had given it up several years ago. I even play hockey occasionally with my boys and some of the younger set. Robert is still champion in chess. I had it on him a week ago, but he got the two best out of three nearly all last week. Prof. Zinck is preaching the English sermon to-night on the Seminary. Bonnie and the big boys were down, but haven’t got back yet. Well, I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 17, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 17, 1924. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the anniversary of this father's death; and skating on the Seminary rink.